Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Just the Essentials

Tip: Learn how to do more with less. If a disaster causes your electricity or gas to go out, you may need to know how to improvise with what you have on hand. Tent camping is a good example of learning to survive with the essentials.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Retired Medical Professionals

Tip: If you are a retired medical professional: MD, Nurse, or EMT, the Sun City Shadow Hills Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC) needs your help. Please consider volunteering. In the event of a major community incident, first aid centers will be set up for the injured. We need your help in these situations. If you are willing to help out, please get in touch with EPC Chairperson Jeff Kirkpatrick, epc@scshca.com.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Don’t Panic

Tip: In an emergency try not to panic. You will likely experience fear during an emergency, but good planning with factual information from credible agencies will help you respond more effectively.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tip: Consider joining the SCSH Emergency Preparedness Committee. You will learn firsthand how to prepare for emergencies, help your neighbors, and meet some friendly people on the committee. We meet the first Thursday each month at the Santa Rosa Clubhouse at 1:00 p.m. Visit a meeting to check us out.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Emergency Kit

Tip: Prepare an emergency kit. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water – One gallon per person, per day, for several days (for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food – At least a several-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Beyond Earthquakes

Tip: Be aware that there are emergencies beyond earthquakes. These scenarios may be fires, flooding, server weather conditions, active shooter situations, terrorism, and hostile acts against civilian infrastructures. Preparations we've described in the past are equally valid for these with some modification.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Be Prepared to Take Care of Yourself

Tip: Be prepared to take care of yourself and your neighbors in the event of a major emergency. Police, fire, hospitals and utility companies will be overwhelmed and unable to meet the demand for services. Take steps now to learn survival skills and techniques through the many courses available in your community and online.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: I-10 Freeway

Tip: The I-10 freeway is the main east-west highway through the Coachella Valley. In addition to the highway, there are parallel train tracks plus underground pipelines. An earthquake can result in a serious toxic gas or chemical spill. It’s just one more thing to be aware of.

Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: EPC

Tip: We encourage Sun City Shadow Hills residents to join the Emergency Preparedness Committee (EPC). We meet monthly. Check us out on the SCSH website. You’ll be doing yourself a favor by learning how to prepare for disasters and helping others in our community. Plus, as an added benefit, we are a great group of people and you may make some new friends.